Monday, July 12, 2010

Miltonia (spectabulis x Jim MacKinney)

Miltonia (Spectabulis x Jim MacKinney) sprouted backbulbs

Miltonia (Spectabulis x Jim MacKinney) - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI never expect 100% sprouting so if a few turn brown and are discarded, I don't mind. But the yield of seven sprouts out of forty backbulbs means I did something wrong. When I harvest the next round of backbulbs from the large mounted mother plant, I will need to do something different.

Miltonia spectabilis grows in Brazil. It is cool to hot growing. Light level should be high and it should be a pale green. Blooms in summer and fall.

When I read about the spectabulis species I saw an emphasis on keeping it wet in the growing season. I had this batch in pots with a base of rock and a layer of fir bark. Next time I am going to use the tightly packed sphagnum that has worked well for me. I would like the yield to be 75%, about three times what I got this time.

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